Good policy for dogs

Good policy for dogs

Give the dog a break. Leave him at home.

This could have been one of those editorials filled with puns about a new policy barring dogs from Urbana's Market at the Square.

You know ... something like it's a doggone shame dogs are no longer welcome at the Saturday farmer's market at Lincoln Square. After all, they are nothing less than dogged in their love and loyalty for their human companions, and they deserve far better than to be treated like a disloyal cat and barred from the premises.

But that won't happen because, as much as we dog lovers may disagree, the new policy is a good idea.

Here's why. Dogs love people, but not necessarily large crowds of strangers. That's particularly true when the people in the crowds are paying more attention to goodies that are for sale than to dog paws they might step on.

From the dog's point of view, that sort of experience is a real bummer. It makes them nervous and uncomfortable, their tails droop, their heads bow and sweat starts rolling off the end of their tongues.

It's understandable that some dog lovers want their pet to enjoy the experience of the farmer's market with them. The dog will go, but only because he's a good sport.

Take the dog for a walk instead. That's good for the dog and good for the dog's owner. He won't bother other people, and other people won't bother him. It's a great prelude to a nice, long nap.

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thechampaignlife wrote on May 12, 2011 at 5:05 pm

At times, I feel like I'm getting stepped on and moved around like cattle walking through a crowded row at the market. It might be a good idea for the market to expand row spacing and maybe even have a pet friendly section separate from the general market.

Yatiri wrote on May 12, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Another policy. Only an inconsiderate idiot would take a dog through a crowded market. It is inconsiderate of the dog and of the people at the market.

I just gotta wonder if an inconsiderate idiot will follow another policy.

thechampaignlife wrote on May 13, 2011 at 8:05 am

I've taken my dog to the market. It's really not difficult to keep her out of other people's way and she's never gotten stepped on or messed with food products. It does take awareness and a short leash and I suspect some that bring their dogs do not pay enough attention. Sad that the irresponsibility of a few affect the many but alas that's the way the cookie crumbles. I'd still like wider spacing at the market even without dogs present.